Saturday, August 1, 2015

Carnitas


Last week I was in San Diego for a conference.  It is a beautiful town, and I enjoyed myself thoroughly.  I ate Mexican food every day.  A former classmate suggested I try a restaurant that happened to be a couple of blocks from my hotel.


There was a long line of customers waiting.  They had a simple menu: tacos, tamales, and rolled tacos.  Everything was greasy and delicious.  I ordered a tamale filled with carnitas, among other things.  The meat was tender and flavorful.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie for One


Yesterday was the first day I worked in my office for over two weeks.  I had to reset my alarm to get to work on time.  When I logged into my computer yesterday morning, I had to think about my password for a few moments.


I took a vacation with my family in Glacier National Park for one week.  It was chaotic but relaxing too.  It was difficult to coordinate everyone, but it was satisfying to be with family.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Cornbread with White Sauce


Foods help remind us of people and experiences.  When I think of my grandmother, I think of her ribs and rhubarb crumble.

When I eat peaches, stew, or green chile, I think of my father.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Chinese Sugar Snap Pea Salad


I just spent a wonderful week with my family in Glacier National Park.  I went there once before as a child.  I have vague memories of our green mini van, cold cut sandwiches, and mountains.


I haven't seen my nieces and nephews for a few months, and I was surprised how much they had changed.  Experiences like this remind me how life is so fleeting.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Peanut Butter Cookie Brookies


I rarely go to Costco, but I'm always amazed when I do.  Why not buy five pounds of gummy bears?  Surely I can eat 3 jugs of honey.


It's a store full of things I don't need but want.  The employees help you find more unneeded but desirable things by giving out copious samples.  


Thursday, July 9, 2015

Lemon Cake


Last week I took a couple of long train rides.  They were supposed to last eleven hours each but ended up lasting over twelve hours.


An additional hour shouldn't have been too bad, but I was ready to never get on a train again after eight hours.  The additional twelfth hour was cruel.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Spiced Banana Oatmeal Bread with Dried Cranberries


If you're an American, I hope you had a wonderful fourth of July filled with fireworks and barbecue.


What is the story behind banana bread?  Bananas showed up in the United States in 1870s.